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Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Fellowships (Physics) x 2

University of Cambridge - Academic Division

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £36,024 to £44,263 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 17th November 2023
Closes: 7th January 2024
Job Ref: AK39203

The Managers of the Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellowships Fund invite applications for four Fellowships to be held in a Department in the School of the Physical Sciences at the University of Cambridge from 1 October 2024 or otherwise by negotiation.

Fellows are required to pursue their research on a full-time basis in Cambridge. Preference will be given to those working at the interface with the biological sciences and who have or can develop appropriate links with colleagues in the biological sciences. The Fellowships are tenable for up to three years.

The Fellowship stipend will be on the University's Postdoctoral Research Associate scale (Grade 7 spine point 40), currently between £36,024-£42,155 per annum, with an annual research allowance of up to £15,000. 

In accordance with Dr Smith's will, candidature is limited to candidates who have obtained their PhD degree, or equivalent, within the last three years at any university excluding Cambridge and Harvard.

All applications, including required documents and references will need to be submitted online through the University's recruitment system. Any submitted application that does not include ALL of the following content required below will not be considered for the Fellowship:

  1. Host support letter: Each candidate is required to submit a short letter from an SPS Research Group that outlines their willingness to host and support the candidate's research during the Fellowship. Candidates are advised to contact the relevant principal investigator (PI) or Department directly prior to submission.
  2. Summary: A short summary (max 300 words) of your proposed project, including the name of the SPS Research Group and Department which you hope to join.
  3. Statement of motivation: A short description of your motivation for applying for the fellowship (max 300 words).
  4. Research project description: A detailed description (maximum of 4 pages) of the proposed project. You are advised to consult the relevant research group to ensure that your proposal is appropriately related to the group which you hope to join.
  5. Curriculum vitae: Maximum of 3 pages outlining academic career, qualifications and full list of publications to date; please include hyperlinks of 3 best publications (not full copies).
  6. References: Contact details of 2 referees, neither of whom should be the host PI. The completed references will be required by 21 January 2024. Please ensure that selected referees are fully contactable throughout the process. Upon submission of your application, referees will be directly contacted to request that they upload a reference for you on the University's online recruitment system.

More information about the School of the Physical Sciences and its Departments can be found on the School's website: https://www.physsci.cam.ac.uk/. For discipline-related queries, please contact the relevant principal investigator or Head of Department directly. Other enquiries can be directed to herchelsmith@admin.cam.ac.uk.

Closing date for applications: Midnight (UK Time) on 7 January 2024.

Successful candidates will be contacted by mid-March 2024. 

Read more about the Herchel Smith programmes at the University of Cambridge here: https://www.herchelsmith.cam.ac.uk/

Please quote reference AK39203 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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